Dean Cornwell : head and shoulders above


SAL record control number: 102424 ;

Record level: Listing ;

Record type: Exhibitions ;

Exhibition type: Solo show ;



Title: Dean Cornwell : head and shoulders above ;

Begin Date: September 1, 2021 ;
End Date: October 9, 2021 [extended due to popular demand!] ;

Exhibition hours:
Monday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Tuesday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Wednesday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Thursday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Friday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Location: Salmagundi townhouse, Grand stair gallery

Admission: This event is FREE and open to the public


Beginning September 1 to October 9, 2021, the Salmagundi will present Dean Cornwell : head and shoulders above.  The exhibition explores the drawings of one of America’s greatest illustrators and muralists, (Charles) Dean “Dan” Cornwell (1892-1960) [RA 1926-1960].  Cornwell, who was born in Louisville, Kentucky, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Students’ League of New York, the Harvey Dunn School of Illustration, under Russian artist Nicolai Fechin in New York and with muralist Frank Brangwyn in London.  Cornwell became an important figure in American mural painting, having completed works for Los Angeles Public Library and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands. and he assisted David Siqueiros with the Olvera Street mural, América Tropical.  He created murals at The Bethlehem Steel Company, New York’s General Motors Building, the 1939 World’s Fair, the Lincoln Memorial in Redlands, California, and Rockefeller Center. 

The mini-exhibition of eight tightly curated drawings share works from the Wilmuth Holt art collection which were generously donated ca.1986 to the club.  The drawings have never been shown publicly and this will be their first time since the accession.  The Holt collection contains paintings and drawings from Cornwell and will display head and mural studies in the grand stairwell gallery in the entry hall of the organization.  The mural studies show figure groups in an art deco style.

Share in this chance to study the pastel, charcoal and chalk drawings by Cornwell.  The expressions, clear silhouettes used for mural work and subtlety of the drawings prove why Cornwell was head and shoulders above his fellow artists.



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December 25, 2019

Last updated: December 18, 2022 at 16:20 pm